Vitamin D

Having sufficient vitamin D levels is essential to a healthy body.  It provides an array of health benefits and is involved in a significant roll in gene expression.  Vitamin D is directly related to about 3000 genes in the human body which is roughly 10% of them, so you can imagine how much your body would suffer if it were deficient in such a nutrient.  Research suggests that about 50% of our population is deficient in Vitamin D and up to 95% of our elderly population.

 

Signs you may be deficient in vitamin D.

·         Persistent illness or infection

·         Tiredness and fatigue

·         Bone pain

·         Back pain

·         Hair loss

·         Muscle pain

·         Bone loss

·         Depression or persistent melancholy

·         Excessive sweating (particularly on you head)

·         Stomach issues from pain to bloating and gas

 

Research is also showing us that optimizing your vitamin D levels can help prevent some of today’s most concerning chronic diseases.  These include cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and mental health conditions. 

 

Testing and Optimal levels of Vitamin D

The vitamin D test is called 25(OH)D or 25-hydroxyvitamin D. This is the officially recognized marker of overall D status, and is most strongly associated with overall health.

Deficient Optimal Chronic Disease Treatment Excessive

<50 ng/ml 50-70 ng/ml 70-100 ng/ml > 100 ng/ml

 

Supplementation

Ideally supplementation of Vitamin D3 is based off of your blood levels.  However, there are some good rule of thumbs to follow.  5000 IU of Vitamin D per day will help maintain levels between 40-60 ng/ml.    To help with optimization 10,000 IU per day will optimize the body’s vitamin D levels.   However, it is of absolute importance that you take a K2 supplement with your vitamin D to ensure that the calcium goes to the proper areas of the body and not into the soft tissues of the arteries.  When people talk about vitamin D toxicity it is actually vitamin K deficiency for the ratios, causing excess calcium in areas we don’t want is like the soft tissues of the arteries. 

 

Christopher Scrivner